7 Amazing Benefits of Honey During Pregnancy

Honey has numerous health benefits owing to its various medicinal properties. Its importance and benefits have been written about in ancient Indian scriptures. There are several health benefits for pregnancy that you may derive from eating honey. Some of them are explained below.

1. Strengthens the immune system.

During pregnancy, you need to have a strong immune system to stave off any disease-causing agents during this delicate phase as any major complication may have an adverse impact on your baby. The antioxidants and antibacterial properties of honey help boost the immune system and fight infections. So you can include honey in your diet to keep your immune system working!

2. Helps ease a sore throat and cough.

Honey, if taken with ginger or lemon tea, has a soothing effect on the throat due to its anti-inflammatory properties. This is traditionally known to provide relief from cough and help one recover from a sore throat.

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Honey taken with ginger or lemon tea has a soothing effect on the throat – google image 

3.Helps fight cold.

The anti-viral properties and immune-strengthening properties of honey help provide relief from cold and flu quickly. Pregnant women can consume honey in various forms (like with tea or with lukewarm water) to ensure that they do not catch the flu.

4. May help cure ulcers.

A research has shown that regular consumption of honey could possibly decrease the growth of Helicobacter pylori bacteria, responsible for causing duodenal ulcers. However, some studies recommend more randomized clinical trials to prove the efficacy of honey in treating different types of ulcers.

5. May provide relief from insomnia.

The use of honey for insomnia is an age-old practice in Ayurveda. According to ayurvedic literature, honey is considered to have a hypnotic action that could help overcome insomnia. Drinking a glass of milk mixed with a spoon of honey before bedtime is believed to promote undisturbed sleep

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Honey could help overcome insomnia – google image 

6. May help prevent allergies

The presence of pollen in some of the local varieties of honey is known to improve resistance to seasonal allergies over time. Regular intake of honey helps the body build immunity against antigens that can act up during pregnancy. However, if you are allergic to pollen, you should consult your doctor before consuming honey.

7. Promotes healthy scalp.

Due to its anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties, topical application of honey helps treat cuts, wounds, and scalp conditions. Applying honey diluted with warm water on the scalp can ease dandruff and an itchy scalp.

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Honey helps treat cuts, wounds, and scalp conditions – google image 

Source: Mom Junction, Parenting Firstcry

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